28 Mar 2018

Newsletter- 28/03/18

Kowloon Junior School’s latest newsletter is available to read now.



Dates for Your Diary

Thursday 29 March                                         End of term (Full school day)

Monday 30 April                                              Teacher training (No classes for children)

Dear Parents,

We would like to thank Mr Stephen Davenport and Ms Anna Chen and their music team for the work they do on a day to day basis to provide Opportunity for our children to Achieve through the arts and in particular for facilitating the concert of Friday night. How wonderful to see our children enjoying the arts and showcasing their skills!

I have the pleasure of being in attendance at the IB Global and Heads World Conference in Singapore since Saturday. What the conference has reaffirmed for me is:

  • The primary years programme (PYP) curriculum of KJS and ESF is world class providing our students with a rich and meaningful platform for their learning
  • The IB organisation, which is in its 50th year, is constantly evolving to meet the needs of children in present day through research and evidence based practice
  • Our ongoing commitment to our vision of ‘Success for Every Child,’ and specifically our AAROW’s of success are extremely well supported by the IB and PYP
  • Our definition of ‘agency’ as one of the five characteristics of success is affirmed by the IB with the introduction of the ‘Enhanced PYP coming into effect in 2018/19 and agency elevated to the very heart of the primary years programme
  • The resources, professional learning and support we access through the IB ensure we will stay at the forefront of educational innovation at KJS in the years ahead


Additionally, the conference allows educators from around the globe to network, share best practice, and learn from one another. I am very much looking forward to returning to school and sharing some of the highlights of the conference with the team.

I have a holiday challenge for you and your family… Why not work with your child to set some agency goals. Agency is about individuals acting intentionally and for children it means taking a more active role in their learning and life. Some ideas to get you started:

  • Agree on some morning routines which see your child becoming more organised for their day
  • Encourage your child to plan a trip or day including all the details
  • Talk about a problem that you have at home and allow your child to create some solutions
  • Together with your child plan something they have never done before (this supports the learning habit of risk taking and the qualities of courage and determination)
  • Have your child do an audit of their uniform and what they wear to school recording what they need to do to be meeting the expectations (it might be especially important for older children to look at the ‘Jewellery and Accessories’ section!)


I do hope you enjoy the upcoming break with your children.


Kind Regards



Neill O’Reilly




PTA Update

Photos and videos from the school fair

The photos from the school fair have already been uploaded onto our KJS PTA webpage. Do browse through them when you get the chance.

If you have photos and videos from the fair that you would like to share, kindly email them to the PTA office at pta@kjs.edu.hk or alternatively paste them on this link



Sodexo School Lunches

We are currently gathering data and feedback on the current school lunch service.

If you have any comments, suggestions or experiences you would like to share, kindly please email us at the PTA office.


On behalf of the entire PTA we would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Easter. Hope you have a great Spring break.



Term 3 Junior Baking Classes

Term 3 Baking classes starts on 16th April.  For more information, please see the attached brochure and enrolment form.

To reserve a place, please email Ms. Hong:  flourhk@hotmail.com

See the Junior Bakers in action by clicking on the link below:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOW88jsc8A0



Student Success

A group of 60 Year 6 students took action in the community last Wednesday by giving up their time to help run the highly successful Jockey Club Sarah Roe School Maths Day.  Our students helped and encouraged the JCSRS students to solve 10 different maths puzzles which were challenging and exciting.  Taking action in our local community is important to the students of KJS, demonstrating the attribute of empathy.



Heer (6T) and Shivenah (4MC) performed an Indian Classical dance at the Hong Kong Space Museum. They had been practicing the dance with four students in it. However, last minute two of them had to unfortunately back out. Within one rehearsal, Heer and Shivenah had to adapt their steps and co-ordinate the dance with just the two of them. A true example of perseverance. Well done girls!


Jaden (3G) joined an activity to Collect Food for Elderly, which was organized by Oxfam, going to the wet market to collect the fruit, vegetables, and bread in an evening and then distributed to the elderly in need.  The wet market environment was not nice while he insisted to complete with the desire to help others.  When the elderly took the food and smiled, Jaden trusted the effort is worthwhile! He would like to share this with the KJS community.


Drea (4K) has achieved a trophy and a certificate in performing Indian classical dance in Hong Kong. Congratulations Drea!


Heer (4L) has also participated in the 2nd Annual Day Celebration of Salangai Dance Academy and performed “Bharatnatyam” dance, a form of Indian classical dance, along with Drea (4K). Congratulations Heer!


ESF and Other Notices

ESF Language & Learning – Spring Sensation Camps

Please click here for more information.


ESF Sports – Spring Camps & Clinics

Please click here for more information.


ESF Language & Learning – Author Writing Workshop

Please click here for more information.


ESF The First 50 Years

‘ESF The First 50 Years’ is now published! This volume chronicles the ESF story, highlighting key events over the last 50 years. It also celebrates the successes and contributions of our students and staff, both past and current.

What’s in the Book?

  • Stories of ESF’s major developments and milestones over the past five decades
  • Interviews of all 22 ESF schools with key historic events and current whole school photos
  • Exclusive interviews of 22 prominent alumni
  • Interesting stories from 5 key leaders and 12 long-serving staff

The book is now available for sale via the ESF website: www.esf.edu.hk/50th-book/. Copies will also be available in major bookshops in Hong Kong by late December.

Enquiries: 50book@esfcentre.edu.hk

More details: http://www.esf.edu.hk/2017/12/11/esf50-book/



Kowloon Junior School, English Schools Foundation and its affiliates shall take no responsibility for any activities, events and services that are organised by other organisations or individuals and are mentioned in our newsletters..